Benjamin Franklin Papers

To Benjamin Franklin from Samuel Vaughan, 16 December 1782

From Samuel Vaughan8

ALS: American Philosophical Society

London 16th. Decemr 1782

My dear Sir,

Altho no person occupies so much of my thoughts or after whom I make so frequent enquiries as your self, yet knowing the importance & weight of public affairs on Your hands, I purposly avoid troubling You with uninteresting correspondence, but I now take the liberty of introducing to Your acquaintance Lady Juliana Penn, whose character in every point of view, is truly amiable & to whose case I doubt not you paying due attention.9

I congratulate you on the provisional steps taken towards a peace, which I hope will give us the happiness of seeing you once more in England and in America, for which place my Family embarkes, so soon as that valuable & desireable end is obtained. I am with perfect regard & esteem, Dear Sir, Yours most affectionately

Saml Vaughan

Benjamen Franklin Esqr.

[Note numbering follows the Franklin Papers source.]

8Benjamin Vaughan’s father: XXI, 441.

9See her letter above, Nov. 23. Lady Juliana left Dover for France on Dec. 31: Morning Herald and Daily Advertiser, Jan. 3, 1783. Neither BF nor the other American commissioners were impressed by her arguments about the Penn family claims against the government of Pennsylvania: BF to Jan Ingenhousz, April 29, 1785 (Smyth, Writings, IX, 26, 309–10); JA to Juliana Penn, Jan. 14, 1783 (Mass. Hist. Soc.); Morris, Jay: Peace, pp. 403, 424–5.

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